7 Electric Cars With The Biggest Batteries

As lithium battery cells are produced in growing quantities, and research into improving them continues, they’re become cheaper and more energy dense. These changes mean the batteries powering our electric vehicles hold more kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy and are achieving longer ranges per charge, making them more practical for more people. We expect this trend to continue for a while, though eventually it will make sense to cap the number of kWh a car might have. Then, reducing the physical size and weight of the battery packs will take precedence,…

Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion Boasts Massive 111-kWh Battery, 413-Mile Range

There’s no steering wheel or controls because VW imagines it as a purely autonomous vehicle. Volkswagen has released the first teaser for its latest electric vehicle concept. The I.D. Vizzion will premiere at the Geneva Motor Show as a stylish sedan with fully autonomous capability. Inside, there won’t be a steering wheel or pedals. Instead, occupants will use voice and gesture controls to tell the vehicle where to go. The company’s teaser only shows a sketch of the Vizzion in profile. It features a rounded front end with a short…

UAW President Angry Over Ford’s Move To Produce EVs In Mexico

UAW President Dennis Williams is bothered by Ford’s decision to produce electric vehicles in Mexico rather than Michigan, and he can’t believe President Trump isn’t speaking up. In what was seen as an attempt to appease President Trump and the new Republican administration, Ford Motor Company announced last year that it would manufacture EVs in Flat Rock, Michigan. Now, the company has made it public that it will be reverting back to plans to move the venture to Mexico. Williams told the Detroit Free Press: “I’m angry at Ford. It has an…

New Nissan LEAF Already Threatens Old LEAF Sales Record In Norway

It’s going to be hot in Norway this year, at least in regards to plug-in electric car sales with the new Nissan LEAF now entering the delivery stage. Nissan LEAF sales in Norway – 2017 Sales of the new LEAF just started in Norway and already in the first half of February we see 264 registrations appear. At such a pace, the LEAF should be on track for more than 500 for the month, which would mark one of its best months ever in Norway. The record for monthly sales for the…

EVgo, Chargepoint annual reports show growth in electric-car charging

Seven years and almost 800,000 cars after the first modern electric cars went on sale, there’s still a lot wrong with the national charging infrastructure in the U.S. There’s little central planning, little standardized signage or public signposting, virtually no awareness among non-EV drivers, and roaming among networks with a single membership remains out of reach. But still, usage of public charging stations rises every year. DON’T MISS: Car buyers have no idea electric-car charging stations even exist Recent summaries of 2017 activity by two large charging networks, ChargePoint and EVgo,…

2019 BMW i8: larger battery, more range, plus new Roadster priced from $164,295

Roadster priced from $164,295 BMW is breathing some fresh air into its three-year-old alternative flagship to improve performance, increase range, and add some style. Revealed at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the i8’s update (known in the industry as a “mid-cycle refresh”) increases its battery capacity from 7.1 to 11.7 kilowatt-hours, improving the car’s all-electric range from 15 to 18 miles. But if you’re buying the i8 for its electric-mode range, you may be missing the point. DON’T MISS: Long-delayed BMW i8 Spyder plug-in hybrid due in 2018 Instead, the…

Mercedes-Benz To Unveil First Production EQ Electric In Geneva

Just around two weeks left to the Geneva Motor Show, where, as always, we will see a lot of new plug-in electric cars and bold premiers. Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA Mercedes-Benz just announced that it will show the first series-production model from the electric EQ brand – it’s not said directly, but the German maker is certainly referring to the EQC all-electric SUV. The EQC will enter the market in 2019 with at least 500 km (310 miles) of NEDC range. In related news, Mercedes is moving forward with on-board chargers and from March…

Opel Confirms Battery Electric Corsa For 2020 Launch

Opel announced that the next-generation Corsa will be produced from 2019 in Zaragoza, Spain where it was since 1982. The all-electric version will enter production in 2020. Opel Design preview We know officially that the Corsa EV is coming as the PSA Group is racing against time to have some electric car after the Opel Ampera-e (GM’s Chevrolet Bolt EV) became more expensive and less profitable than anticipated. Other conventional models need to be quickly switched to PSA Group platforms that will comply with emission requirements, too. Four electrified models are to be available by 2020…

What will get more people to consider electric cars? Twitter poll results

Just shy of 200,000 plug-in electric cars were sold in the U.S. last year, their seventh year on sale. That’s the highest number yet, but still just a little more than 1 percent of the market. And it’s far from clear that the general car-buying public at large is aware that electric vehicles exist, much less that they’re viable and practical vehicles for many households. DON’T MISS: What if car buyers aren’t ready for electric cars, even in California? Recent data from California showed that state’s buyers—by far the front-runners in…

2018 Fiat 500e preview

2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid released at Chicago auto show Kia Niro EV concept at CES: 238 miles of range from 64-kwh battery 2018 Mercedes-Benz C350e: plug-in hybrid luxury sedan driven Electric car charging on the road has to be way, way better than it is today 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid first drive review (pricing from $28,840) 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid first drive When the Fiat 500e electric minicar launched in 2013, its range was rated at 87 miles, but its most distinctive feature was its wickedly…